Publications

EFF to Court: Don’t Let Trolls Get Away With Asserting Stupid Software Patents

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
January 9, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

If trolls don’t face consequences for asserting invalid software patents, then they will continue to shake down productive companies. That is why EFF has filed an amicus brief [PDF] urging the court to uphold fee awards against patent trolls (and their lawyers) when they assert software patents that are clearly invalid under the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v.

Here’s how Google is helping, not hurting, democracy

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Sean Richey and J. Benjamin Taylor have a new book on how Google searches affect democratic knowledge, “Google and Democracy: Politics and the Power of the Internet.” I asked them questions about what they found. Richey is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University, while Taylor is assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The benefits of police body cams are a myth

Author(s): 
Harlan Yu
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
December 20, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the three years since Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, police body-worn cameras have been sold to the public as a tool that would primarily deter police misconduct.

How Facebook Stymies Social Science

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

What exactly was the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign? How widespread was its infiltration of social media? And how much influence did its propaganda have on public opinion and voter behavior?

Scholars are only now starting to tackle those questions. But to answer them, academics need data — and getting that data has been a problem.

Clerkships are invaluable for young lawyers. They can also be a setup for abuse.

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
December 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, The Washington Post reported that six women, all former law clerks and legal externs, have accused federal appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski of “inappropriate sexual conduct or comments,” with allegations that included showing them pornography and suggesting that they exercise naked.

Slowing Down the Presses: The Relationship Between Net Neutrality and Local News

Author(s): 
Adam Hersh
Publication Date: 
December 11, 2017
Publication Type: 
White Paper / Report

The FCC is poised to rescind the Open Internet Order—the set of strong, enforceable net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from interfering with web traffic that travels across their networks. One unintentional victim of that action is likely to be small television stations, newspaper publishers, and websites devoted to local news. Local news outlets play a vital civic role, but they face a crisis of declining revenue and audience, largely driven by internet competition.

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